Defining the Next 30 Years

Alongside other established and emerging scholars in the field of Ecological Economics, I’ve been developing a research agenda for the next 30 years of EE.

My motivation for getting involved with this was the retirement of Dr. Peter Victor from York University. It was an indication that the established cohort of scholars who formed the foundations of EE were beginning to retire.

In response, I organized a symposium for emerging EE scholars to share their research and ideas for the future of EE in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and Economics for the Anthropocene.

I was then invited to attend a multi-day workshop in Vermont where EE scholars from all stages and disciplines came together to organize a research agenda for EE. This event led to the publication of Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics by Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, Joshua Farley, and Jon Erickson. I contributed two chapters to this publication:

Chapter 3: Work, Labour, and Regenerative Production (pg 27-44)

Chapter 25: Ecological economic goals from emerging scholars (pg 409-426)

After discussing some limitations of this publication in including more radical views and outlining ongoing debates, Josh Farley and I put together two special issues.

Special Issue “A Research Agenda for Ecological Economics” in Sustainability including the following open access papers:

Livelihood, Market and State: What does A Political Economy Predicated on the ‘Individual-in-Group-in-PLACE’ Actually Look Like?
Stephen Quilley and Katharine Zywert

From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic
Ivan Vargas Roncancio, Leah Temper, Joshua Sterlin, Nina L. Smolyar, Shaun Sellers, Maya Moore, Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Jolyon Larson, Catherine Horner, Jon D. Erickson, Megan Egler, Peter G. Brown, Emille Boulot, Tina Beigi and Michael Babcock

The Case for Studying Non-Market Food Systems
Sam Bliss

Roots, Riots, and Radical Change—A Road Less Travelled for Ecological Economics
Elke Pirgmaier and Julia K. Steinberger

Transcending the Learned Ignorance of Predatory Ontologies: A Research Agenda for an Ecofeminist-Informed Ecological Economics
Sarah Louise Ruder and Sophia Rose Sanniti

Toward an Ecological Monetary Theory
Joe Ament

Deliberation and the Promise of a Deeply Democratic Sustainability Transition
Michael B. Wironen, Robert V. Bartlett, and Jon D. Erickson

Special Section on “Ecological Economics: The Next 30 Years” in the Journal of Ecological Economics including papers:

Ecological Economics Beyond Markets
Sam Bliss, Megan Egler

Living to Spend Another Day: Exploring Resilience as a New Fourth Goal of Ecological Economics
Conrad Stanley

The Ecological Economics of Economic Democracy
Bengi Akbulut, Fikret Adaman

The social and environmental influences of population growth rate and demographic pressure deserve greater attention in ecological economics
Jane N. O’Sullivan

Keeping multiple antennae up: Coevolutionary foundations for methodological pluralism
Jessica J. Goddard, Giorgos Kallis, Richard B. Norgaard

An ecological monetary theory
Joe Ament

The need for ecological ethics in a new ecological economics
Haydn Washington, Michelle Maloney

Some overlaps between the first and second thirty years of ecological economics
Herman Daly

Implementing ecological economics
David Batker

Why ecological economics needs to return to its roots: The biophysical foundation of socio-economic systems
Rigo E. Melgar-Melgar, Charles A.S. Hall

Ecological economics for humanity’s plague phase
William E. Rees

Economics for the future – Beyond the superorganism
N.J. Hagens

A tale of three paradigms: Realising the revolutionary potential of ecological economics
Clive L. Spash

Econ 101—In need of a sustainability transition
Inge Røpke

Ecological economics in the age of fear
Roldan Muradian, Unai Pascual

Ecological economics and degrowth: Proposing a future research agenda from the margins
Ksenija Hanaček, Brototi Roy, Sofia Avila, Giorgos Kallis

Institutions for sustainability—Towards an expanded research program for ecological economics
Arild Vatn

Developing a restoration narrative: A pathway towards system-wide healing and a restorative culture
James Blignaut, James Aronson

Ecological economics in 2049: Getting beyond the argument culture to the world we all want
Robert Costanza

With even further discontent, I developed two panels for the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics biennial conference on a Radical Research Agenda for Ecological Economics in collaboration with Vijay Kolinjivadi – our intention is to turn this into a special issue but we haven’t yet done so.

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